No motors, but a guy from South Africa earned a WC silver in the 4x400 using carbon fiber springs in place of legs a few years ago.
motorized shoe? wrote:
A motorized shoe? One with motorized springs or something else to propel you faster? Is it possible?
But of course, it was a Russian professor. The shoes then exploded and blew off his legs.
Cummins Turbo Boots wrote:
There is a professor I believe in Russia who made a pair of boots that function on a diesel principle.
The impact of landing compresses a piston which ignites the fuel and fires the piston which propels him up and forward repeating the cycle with each stride.
Of course it is possible. See the effect of things like tuned tracks (or just dirt versus the modern synthetics) to see how you can change the amount of energy returned to the runner versus lost.
While my first inclination is to laugh, what gives me pause is the high tech swimsuits from a few years back that dramatically improved times. I know, apples and oranges, but maybe there is some sort of shoe design that could make a big difference
Average. That means they could go way faster.
Try the veal wrote:
From the Wikipedia page: "It is expected that while using the "rocket boots", a person could travel at an average speed of around 10.5 mph (17 km/h)."
10.5? That's the best they can do?